Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Black Friday Trav left very early in the morning to go shopping. He hated the experience, about which I only feel partially bad. He was shopping for me, so I feel bad about that, but then he went out for breakfast with his mom. I always feel like weekends and holidays should be breaks for me, too, so when I'm stuck with a crying baby who refuses to take her nap I get annoyed that he's sitting around enjoying himself (although the service was bad and their food was cold).
We then headed to Trav's hometown for a feast. There was so much food left over, it was almost scandalous.
Lydia is now crawling very well. She can sit up from a crawl (sorta) and she can pull herself up. Here's some fotage from this morning. She gets kinda camera shy and doesn't perform well, but you'll get the point. The first video may not seem like much, but watch it to the end - she's so cute!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
My brother and Matt have been friends since kindergarden. Matt was the first to cry during the vows - which set all the rest of us off!
Lydia with Uncle Karl during the Dollar Dance.
Highlights of the reception:
- Karl sang "I Wanna Grow Old with You" from The Wedding Singer to Maureen at the reception.
- the entire bridal party "shoop-ed" behind Karl and Maureen during their first dance, which was My Girl.
- Karl lined us all up and had us do the Thriller dance. It was a hoot.
Karl and Maureen, I love you both and I am so happy for you! May God bless you with a lifetime of joyful years.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
On a road trip my mother-in-law asked if I brought a bottle. "No," I replied, "but I brought two jugs."
When Lydia's hungry and in the arms of a non-lactating person, we refer to that person as a "milk dud."
What about the rest of you moms, do you have any breastfeeding jokes?
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
With the phone call I took a step back and looked at things - every day I feel stressed, overwhelmed, anxious, tired and angry. I noticed that I over-react and misplace my frustrations so much so that I felt silly (perfect example: how upset I became over the election). Often I angrily pray, "Why can't you just give me a break? Why are you putting me through all this? Can't you see that I'm failing right now and could use some help?!" I think the anger is the most surprising reaction. I definitely didn't expect to be angry.
I try to be grateful, hoping that it will make me more patient, compassionate and willing to let the housework sit and hold my daughter.
I don't want to sound like I'm complaining - I want to be a stay at home mom and I am very glad to have a husband who supports and wants that too. And I love my family. But, I just never knew to expect all this.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Today I heard a mouse in the kitchen and when I went out there I saw that I had left the door to the corner lazy susan cupboard (where we keep most the food) open. I heard it in there and then I:
put on my sweatshirt and shoes,
picked up Lydia, wrapping her in a blanket and putting a hat on her,
walked across the street to our neighbor to see how he felt about mice and if he was busy at the moment.
He wasn't home
so I walked to the other neighbor's to find out the same thing, but he wasn't there either.
So I went home and called my mom who was no help - she just told me I had to go into the cupboard and get out the food. Hello?!!! What if the mouse touched me?!!!
She just laughed. A lot.
There was a long period of silence from the cupboard. (did I forget to mention that as I was talking to her Lydia was safe in the living room and I was sitting on the island, broom in hand?)
So I decided to get down and see if the mouse was gone.
Top shelf - all clear.
Bottom shelf - mouse!!!! Right by the cereal!
I screamed like the girly girl I am, jumped or something and ran to the living room. In the process I hurt my ankle and my hip. As I sat on a chair and continued to freak out to my mom, Lydia was beginning to look scared so I made myself calm down.
When I talked to Travis when his classes were done, asking him to come home early he, too, just laughed. He also told me to put on the leather work gloves, pick it up and throw it against the garage. I told him there was no way I would do that, to which he said I could at least put it in a container and he'd kill it. I then clarified that the part I couldn't do was picking it up. (If you think this is cruel, do not read this story.)
In the end, the only thing that showed any evidence of nibbling was the chocolate chips. They got pitched and everything else got wiped down, but only after Travis showed me that there are no holes in the cupboard, proving it was my fault for leaving the door open.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Jennifer at Conversion Diary, a former athiest and firm pro-choicer, wrote a post last week where she gives the litmus test to know if what is happening in your society is wrong or right as she made a comparison between the horror of the Holocaust and abortion:
Every decade or so, take a look around the society in which you live, and ask yourself if there is any group of human beings who are seen as something less than human. A big tipoff is if dehumanizing words -- terms other than "man," "woman," "child," "baby," or "person" -- are used to describe any category of people.
And if you ever see that going on, you might be in the midst of something gravely evil.
She acknowledges that the comparison is not apples to apples, and tries to be fair with the parallels. This week she has another post on the subject, going into further detail on how she had her change of heart and how she sees the subject now. She offers an abundance of links so you can "see for yourself" although they can be pretty gruesome.
Her statement, copied below, is what makes me so bewildered when women who speak of the sacredness of the womb and birth, especially those who are mothers themselves, support abortion.
Yet I noticed that when I became pregnant with my first child, I wasn't terrified of losing the "fetus" to miscarriage; I was terrified of losing the baby. When I was 10 weeks pregnant I didn't buy a handheld Doppler so that I could lie in bed and listen to the "clump of tissue"'s heartbeat; I was listening to my child's heartbeat.
I'm writing this post hoping it will make me feel better, but I feel like I need to do more. Perhaps I should channel my feelings into Elizabeth Ministry. What do you, my pro-life friends, do with your feelings on this subject?
Thursday, November 6, 2008
"The first thing I'd do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. That's the first thing that I'd do." -- Senator Barack Obama, speaking to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, July 17, 2007
I've come to the following conclusion - I don't care what he does with the economy, the wars, healthcare - I hope he's astonishingly successful. As long as he doesn't take away the right of moral objections for doctors, nurses and hospitals, fund abortions with government (meaning taxpayer, meaning MY) money, and make partial birth abortion legal.
Also - side note - if you support FOCA please don't leave a comment telling me so. I don't want to know. All it does is make me want to keep my daughter and womb far away from you.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
- do NOT make partial birth abortion legal again!
- be responsible as you pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan, being mindful that most of our current soldiers and veterans did not vote for you.
- be mindful that when you overly tax the wealthy they will make up for their losses one way or another, be it layoffs or raised prices for the rest of us.
- appoint a pro-life justice to the Supreme Court, should you get the opportunity
Monday, November 3, 2008
Her white little hands and feet are what knocked her down one point on the APGAR. Please notice my very red knees.
6 months old exactly. What a cutie!
Please excuse me for being so bold as I say, "Well done, Me."
I don't consider myself aligned with any party, though, my belief in a smaller federal government makes me more of a republican, along with the way that republicans have always stood on the same side when it comes to my beliefs on marriage and abortion. However, they tend to miss the mark when it comes to the death penalty, environment, immigration and fair trade. That's why I was impressed with Shafer. If you live in the Illinois 18th (counties around Peoria, Pekin, Lacon, Morton, Lincoln and Jacksonville) please take a minute and check him out. He seems to be a good pick, especially if you're not a republican and not impressed with Callahan.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Today is the Feast of All Saints, wherein the Catholic Church celebrates all those holy souls in Heaven. Tomorrow is All Souls Day, when we remember and pray for all our loved ones who have passed away (this is for everyone in Purgatory). There will be a Mass for the dead at 10:30 am at the Cathedral in Peoria on Sunday. Also, at 3:00 pm at Resurrection Cemetery on Allen Rd there will be a prayer service for all babies lost in pregnancy or infancy. We will be attending on behalf of Peter Mark. If you or anyone you know has lost a baby I welcome you to come. While it will be a Catholic service, anyone of any faith should feel comfort.